People would rather let bad things happen than cause them, especially if someone is watching

Monday, March 7, 2011 - 17:00 in Psychology & Sociology

People are more comfortable committing sins of omission than commission¬óletting bad things happen rather than actively causing something bad. A new study published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, suggests that this is because they know other people will think worse of them if they do something bad than if they let something bad happen.

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